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Getting to know a Nole: Malik McClain

In the last few weeks, Florida State’s true freshmen who enrolled early have had the chance to meet with the media via Zoom. As we learn more about them, we’ll include some bio information, quotes from their interviews and post the full video.

Next: Malik McClain. If you missed our previous look at Joshua BurrellBryston EstesKevin Knowles or Jackson West click on the links. Stories on FSU’s transfers are archived here.

Quick facts: The 6-foot-4, 195-pound McClain will wear No. 11 for the Seminoles.

High school: Consensus four-star wide receiver who is considered the No. 43 wide receiver in the 247Sports Composite and was ranked 262nd in ESPN300. McClain played his senior season at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, where he caught 15 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns. He also averaged 13.9 points on the basketball court at Daphne (Ala.) High in 2019.

Evaluating McClain: The Osceola’s Patrick Burnham evaluated McClain’s junior film last summer: “He is a big target with long arms and a wide radius. McClain does of good job of winning one-on-one battles on deep vertical routes outside the hash where his size works to his advantage. Those same qualities should be beneficial in the red zone. He adjusts to the ball well when passes are underthrown or behind him. McClain has very good speed and is effective with the ball after the catch.”

Why he backed off his FSU commitment but then signed in December: “I know it was in the middle of my football season in high school. I had a lot going on at the time. The recruiting process, I wasn’t focused like I needed to. So I decided to take a step back and reassess. If it’s the right decision, I’ll come back. And that’s what I did.” 

How important was it for you to enroll early?: “The decision to enroll early, I made back when I was a sophomore. I knew I wanted to get in college early and get a feel for it before all the other freshmen come in. Just go ahead and learn football, but college in general. Just get a feel for everything and my schedule.”

Do you see an opportunity to play early as a freshman at receiver?: “They’re just telling me that we’re not going to give you nothing. Anything you want, you have to work for it.”

Have you, Joshua Burrell and Destyn Hill discussed what you’d like to do as a group?: “We’re always talking like we can really do something, we can get this thing to be great.”

What is your relationship like with receivers coach Ron Dugans?: “Even off the field, he’s a guy you want to be around, you can learn a lot from. He gives good advice and that’s what attracted me to him. He’d always call my phone and be like, ‘How you doing?’ Not about recruiting or anything like that.”